Bike and Hike

This morning I combined my two favorite kinds of exercise. Bicycling and Hiking. I really enjoy bicycling around town and I get a rush being in the midst of traffic, using my legs to propel myself down the street, even if the car behind me isn’t as thrilled to be stuck behind a bicyclist.

I love hiking the different trails on Oahu, getting out of the city and into the forest, going deeper into the jungle and getting higher in elevation. It’s always a great adventure and good way to burn calories.  For me these are the best kinds of exercise because I feel like I’m actually doing something and getting somewhere.

I can’t do the treadmill or exercise bike, it’s just so monotonous. Even when I climb the stairwell in my building, it’s a good workout but it’s boring and not something I really look forward to doing. But with the bike and the hike, I just can’t wait to get back out there. It’s a real feeling of accomplishment when you reach your final destination.

So today I left the house at 9:15 AM and biked up to the trail head in Makiki Heights. I began my hike at 9:45 AM and reach the trail split at 10:45 AM. From there I took the Makiki Valley Loop up and to the left and then took the Nahuina trail for another half hour up to the top of Round Top Drive. I reached the road at 11:15 AM.

About a hundred feet down the road is another trail, Kalawahine which I’ve hiked before but never in combination with these other trails. I decided to go for it and in my excitement I reached the end in only forty five minutes. It was 12 noon when I turned around to head back down and reached the bottom in just over an hour.

Two and half hours up, one hour down. Pretty good! Plus one hour of bicycling. Now I’m home and it’s lunch time. Eggplant and Edamame.

Eggplant is high in fiber, potassium, vitamin B1 and magnesium, and it is low in calories. Eggplant can be baked, grilled or fried and the skin is rich in antioxidants. The eggplant is a great food and is good for your heart and brain.


Edamame green soy beans are good for you because they provide a source of protein. Edamame helps to combat heart disease since it also contains important omega-3 fats.

Day 35 – Part II: Healthy Shopping and Healthy Lunch

We’ve got mandarins, edamame, more turkey lunch meat, some Oats N Honey granola bars, whole wheat rolls for sandwiches, fuji apples, turkey wraps with lettuce and tomato, and way in the back are some mixed greens for salads.

I bicycled two miles this morning to the University and back. All of my little arons are finished for the day.

I also did my weights today.

Curls (20 lb curl bar): 3 sets of 20 reps

Upright Rows (20 lb curl bar): 3 sets of 20 reps

Close Grip Shoulder Press (10 lb dumbbell): 3 sets of 20 reps

We haven’t done any walking today. I think we’ll wait for this evening when the sun goes down. Yesterday we walked for two hours from noon until two and both got a nice sunburn.

For lunch today… Turkey wraps and Edamame!

Day 34: Healthy Eating

Today my wife and I had the day off together. Our  son went to school this morning and our daughter went to visit her Auntie so that Mom and Dad could have some quality time together. At noon we went for a walk to the Ala Moana Beach Park and spent an hour on the walking paths at Magic Island. It was nice to be walking together with the sun shining down and the cool ocean breezes blowing.

We continued our walk along Ala Moana Blvd into Waikiki and walked along the beach behind the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hale Koa hotels. It added up to a little more than two hours of intense fast paced walking. At home we made a healthy lunch of a turkey sandwich on wheat bread and a bowl of saimin with cabbage. Our lunch was delicious and satisfying.

I really want to start eating healthy and I’m spending this afternoon making a list of delicious and nutritious foods that we can keep in the house to help us stay on a healthy diet.

Frozen Edamame. This is a tasty treat that is actually a quite popular bar food here in Hawaii. Edamame has lots of proteins and hardly any fat. Just steam it and add salt. I’m putting it on the list for our next trip to Sam’s Club.

Turkey Lunch Meat: I’ve already got a package of this in the fridge and have been making sandwiches all week. Add some lettuce, tomato and a little dijon mustard and it’s a healthy lunch.

Fish Fish Fish: We love eating fish in our house but we need to change our cooking technique from battering and frying to steaming or baking in the oven. At least once a week we go to Chinatown and pick up some fresh snapper and cook at home. When we go to the beach we usually pick up some local fish called Akule and stuff with tomato, onion and garlic and throw them on the grill. Fish is a good protein and even if it can’t always be fresh, I think it’s a nice idea to keep some in the freezer.

Incredible, Edible Eggs: I think eggs are a good source of protein and easy to cook. They do have saturated fat but I can fix that by throwing out the yolk and just eating the whites. Vegetable Omelette is a great way to get proteins and vegetables in one delicious meal.

Chicken Breasts: We usually keep the freezer stocked with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. We buy them in bulk from Sam’s Club and then put about two breasts each in a ziplock bag. Again we need to change our cooking technique and either grill or bake in the oven instead of the usual batter and fry that we employ to make chicken strips.  Chicken breasts is a good protein and pretty versatile as they can go into anything from a sandwich to a stirfry.

FRUITS!: I usually eat at least one piece of fruit a day but I’d like to eat more. My favorite is those little clementine oranges, mandarins or nectarines but I’ve been known to eats apples and/or bananas on occasion. My son LOVES to eat strawberries so we usually buy a big pack of them from Sam’s Club and they’re gone before the week is over.

VEGETABLES!: I definitely need to eat more veggies! It’s just a matter of finding interesting way of incorporating them into my meals. I want to buy some fresh spinach leaves and use them to make salads and on my turkey sandwiches. I don’t know a lot about veggies. I just know that through out my entire life I’ve never liked vegetables. How do I change this kind of mind set. I know vegetables can be delicious if you know how to cook and season them. Just from eating those few vegetarian dishes at school I know that it’s possible to cook, eat and enjoy my veggies. I want to start eating a good mix of veggies.

A lot of these healthy eating ideas came from a few websites that I came across while brainstorming.

1. Reader’s Digest – 11 Healthy Ways to Load Up on Lean Protein

2. Food Exchange Lists from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

3. Mark’s Daily Apple – How to Eat More Vegetables

I’ll keep doing research on ways to eat healthy and I’ll keep my blog readers informed on my progress. I can’t wait to do some shopping and start buying all the healthy foods I’ve been reading about.

If anyone has any advice or suggestions of healthy foods or healthy recipes, please share with me. Thanks.